Formerly known as Burma, Myanmar is in Southeast Asia and borders five countries; China, Thailand, Laos, India, and Bangladesh. With over 100 ethnic groups, the country is culturally diverse, and you should definitely add it to your travel list.
If you have never been to Asia, Myanmar should be your first destination, let the past not blind you from getting the country’s authentic experience. There are spectacular lakes, mountains, rivers, beaches, and islands that will make your stay worthwhile.
Getting around in Myanmar
Though the country is considered underdeveloped, it has an excellent road network connecting the major tourist spots. For this reason, the best option is to take a bus ride, a taxi (fair price in the cities only), or rent a bike to traverse the city.
Top 5 Places to visit
Once you get to Myanmar, there is so much to enjoy, but here are the best five places to visit. You won’t be disappointed!
- Inle Lake
At Inle Lake, you will encounter some thrilling acrobatic dances from the fishermen. The feeling you get will make you give them a tip. Although rumors have it that the fishermen make more money from tips than fishing, their dance styles with large fishnets are worthy of the tips they get. Where on earth did you see a fisherman operating an oar with one leg? Also, you pay several Kyat to pose with the fishermen.
Previously, Yangon (formerly Rangoon) was the capital of Myanmar. Little has changed in the city, and you find giant British architectures, modern temples, and pagodas. The Chauk-htat-gyi Budha Temple has Myanmar’s biggest Buddha statues. The Kandawgyi lake Kyaiktiyo, Shwedagon Paya, and Pagoda Golden Rock are also worth your time.
This dusty city is in a river valley, and the neighboring mountainous plain gives the city a perfect taste of the countryside while maintaining its status. You can take advantage of the day trips using bikes and get to admire the beautiful Mandalay scenery. In case you plan to cycle in the city, remember to keep hydrated. You can also explore the Ava & U Bein Bridge for an ideal sunset and the Irrawaddy River for a picture-perfect adventure.
This city has ancient designs and packed with over 2000 temples. It dates back to between the 9th and 13th centuries. Spend several days, hire a bike, and admire the city’s giant temples.
- Mergui Archipelago
To wide up your tour, visit the hundreds of islands on the south coast and dive the primeval beaches. The coral reefs are also a reason why you should visit the archipelago.
When planning your travel to Myanmar, always remember to book rooms in advance. There is a shortage of accommodation facilities, and you might be frustrated, expecting to stroll around and find a room.